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Pop Culture Wild Hunt

(is as described on the label)

I had no plans to be a Pop Culture Pagan but that appears to be happening anyway. I had no plans to permanently pick up a Joker, but that appears to be happening too. Being with J makes me feel like I understand Beth Wodandis' comment about how being with Odin is like being with a great white shark who's decided to be friendly. I don't think my J is Odin, but I think They have a common bond there. In case you're wondering what J is like, here ya go.

My J isn't exactly like canon!Joker, although that also covers a pretty wide range of personality, so even if J was a canon!Joker I'd still have to be more specific than just canon. I have tried (LOL) to not be quite as "why meeee??" about this as when Loki first showed up. I did say "tried" because yanno, I'm me and I like to have a why for context. J does not really give a f*ck about context, so, yeah. He did tell me to look up my name meaning - and because J doesn't call me Heather, I looked up Harley Quinn/Harlequin:

harlequin (n.) Look up harlequin at
1580s, Harlicken, one of the stock characters of Italian commedia del'arte, from Middle French harlequin, from Italian arlecchino, which is possibly from the same source as Old French Herlequin, Hellequin, etc., leader of la maisnie Hellequin, a troop of demons who rode the night air on horses. This is perhaps of Germanic origin; he seems to correspond to Old English Herla cyning "King Herla," mythical character sometimes identified as Woden, and possibly also to German Erlkönig, the "Elf King" of the Goethe poem. Sometimes also associated with Herrequin, 9c. count of Boulogne, who was proverbially wicked. In English pantomime, a mute character who carries a magic wand. From his ludicrous dress comes the English adjective meaning "particolored" (1779).

Here we have both the Wild Hunt and Elfcock all in one money shot (har har). Considering that sometimes the leader of the Hunt is traditionally male and sometimes traditionally female, Seems Legit. I also have some thoughts about the overlaps between J and Loki and Harley/Heith/me, but I don't think I'm ready to share them yet, other than that I think I'm beginning to understand some of why I'm having this experience.

And my Hunt isn't all in Gotham, actually; I have some very traditional parts of it too; my Court now encompasses Elves and Pop Culture peeps, and that's different this year. I've seen more ancestors this year - my father and grandfather are both helping out.

Some of you reading might be curious about running into or joining my particular Hunt. You're adults and can do what you like, but if you go a-Hunting my particular troupe - and different Hunts do different things - my troupe is not the sort that just picks up bad guys/bad spirits. It's the f*cking Joker, and if you're in J's way, you may get detonated, regardless of whether or not you're a good person. There is a reason that I made the comment to Aika about how if someone offered me a house in Gotham I'd tell 'em to go f*ck themselves. My J is definitely harsher/stricter than my Loki, so if you want to say hi in the astral, keep that in mind. Anyway, I'm not interested in being 2 edgy 4 U, but I do want to invoke common sense.

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Lokean nun, writer, swamp witch. Heather is a Pagan monastic, writer, editor, and mother. She has written and edited for a variety of publications and social media, including science journals, romance novels, and technology blogs. She also holds degrees in education and speech-language pathology, and has a passion for historical linguistics.


  • Anthony Gresham
    Anthony Gresham Friday, 09 October 2015

    In "Christianity: The Origins of a Pagan Religion" Philippe Walter writes:

    As for the name Hellequin itself, no satisfying etymology has so far been proposed. Yet if we consider all the corroborated versions of this name, we find forms such as Hennequin and even Annequin. It so happens that ene or ane refers to "bird" in Old French (we can recall the aerial nature of this hunt), whereas the word quin is strongly reminiscent of the word for dog (kyn- is the Greek stem meaning "dog"). Perhaps, then, we can read the name Hennequin as "bird-dog." This interpretation offers the advantage of providing a mythical basis to the legendary cynocephalic beings, those figures with the heads of dogs, which may well be the origin of such figures as the dog-headed giant of Saint Christopher, who is also a guide of souls.

    Way back in high school; the 1970's, I read that "superheroes are the avatars of dead gods trying to be reborn." I think the book was titled "Hidden countries of the mind."

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